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Photographer

Jennifer Welch Photo

Posts: 25

Dalton, Georgia, US

So I was wondering how to get this look. I'm pretty sure it has to do with curves, but what else?

http://adriennemcnellisphoto.files.word … .jpg?w=750

Nov 05 13 10:34 pm Link

Photographer

Tulack

Posts: 631

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

It depends on original picture. Assume forest was green. Something like that.

https://app.box.com/s/j23hxdr7d33skla3fxy1

Nov 05 13 11:04 pm Link

Photographer

JC Strick

Posts: 707

Dalton, Georgia, US

Nov 05 13 11:28 pm Link

Photographer

Jennifer Welch Photo

Posts: 25

Dalton, Georgia, US

Yeah, I know she sells them. I'm not trying to copy her work or anything. She just has this dark sort of look that I've been trying to achieve for a while and I was just curious about how to do it. But thanks anyways.

Nov 06 13 12:30 am Link

Photographer

Tulack

Posts: 631

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Jennifer Welch Photo wrote:
She just has this dark sort of look that I've been trying to achieve for a while and I was just curious about how to do it. But thanks anyways.

Dark has to do with lighting, not curves. Shoot natural light without sun. Brooke Shaden has several videos on youtube.

Nov 06 13 08:57 am Link

Photographer

sospix

Posts: 21388

Orlando, Florida, US

Polarizing, and colour replacement are your friend  .  .  .  wink  As well as a bit of vignetting, and shadow enhancement  .  .  . 

SOS

Nov 06 13 09:08 am Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Jennifer Welch Photo wrote:
Yeah, I know she sells them. I'm not trying to copy her work or anything. She just has this dark sort of look that I've been trying to achieve for a while and I was just curious about how to do it.

I assume you're asking about how to do this in post. Can you post one of your attempts, before and after?

EDIT: Techniques will depend on the image. In many (probably most) cases, you'll want to mask out the subject so you can work separately with subject and background.

Darkening and tinting can be done with hue/sat adjustment layers. One way to get your head oriented is to first make the background uniformly very dark, then envision where you want the light to fall. You can create the light by knocking out parts of the mask with a soft brush. Example ...

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/3751/hlva.jpg

Nov 06 13 10:03 am Link

Photographer

Jennifer Welch Photo

Posts: 25

Dalton, Georgia, US

Yes, I want to get the look in post processing. I did not use natural light in this photo. I used a flash. In the after I added a vignette and changed the leaves colors, like sospix said, and brought up the blue curves just a bit.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3743/10718362623_dbdcb8fd2e.jpg
beforeand after by jennifer_neptune, on Flickr

Nov 06 13 06:20 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Looks pretty good to me.

Jennifer Welch Photo wrote:
Yes, I want to get the look in post processing. I did not use natural light in this photo. I used a flash. In the after I added a vignette and changed the leaves colors, like sospix said, and brought up the blue curves just a bit.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3743/10718362623_dbdcb8fd2e.jpg
beforeand after by jennifer_neptune, on Flickr

Nov 06 13 06:34 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Tulack wrote:
Dark has to do with lighting, not curves.

The two aren't mutually exclusive. Curves can produce lighting effects.

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/4003/npbq.jpg

Nov 06 13 06:35 pm Link

Photographer

Jennifer Welch Photo

Posts: 25

Dalton, Georgia, US

Thanks Peano and thanks for your help! smile

Nov 06 13 06:48 pm Link

Retoucher

Abe Rempel

Posts: 96

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Jennifer Welch Photo wrote:
Yes, I want to get the look in post processing. I did not use natural light in this photo. I used a flash. In the after I added a vignette and changed the leaves colors, like sospix said, and brought up the blue curves just a bit.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3743/10718362623_dbdcb8fd2e.jpg
beforeand after by jennifer_neptune, on Flickr

You're absolutely on the right track, but I think you're missing one last adjustment:

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/5427/25wu.jpg

Darkening the midtones in the input levels and lightening the deep blacks in the output levels will give it that "soft, dark look" you're after. You could also do this with curves, of course, but I decided to go with levels.

Nov 06 13 09:48 pm Link

Photographer

Jennifer Welch Photo

Posts: 25

Dalton, Georgia, US

Oh, thank you so much!

Nov 07 13 06:57 pm Link

Photographer

Guss W

Posts: 10634

Clearwater, Florida, US

My first inclination would be to open it in Camera Raw and go straight to the tab for HSL/Grayscale.  Experiment with all the color sliders, but start with the Orange slider because that seems to be where the most change has occurred.  If you pull orange out of the skin, it will start to look pale like in the image.  I'm guessing all the leaves were a more intense orange to begin with and had the orange selectively reduced or desaturated.

Create multiple versions with color deviations you want to blend, then in Photoshop, get selective about where the color effects are applied and finally add a Curves layer to tinker with.

Nov 07 13 07:46 pm Link

Photographer

Jennifer Welch Photo

Posts: 25

Dalton, Georgia, US

Thanks for all your help, guys. smile

Nov 08 13 07:34 am Link